Why Is It Important to Prepare My Pet for Blood Collection?

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Having your pet properly prepared before blood collection helps to ensure that test results are as accurate and reliable as they can be. Sometimes abnormal test results say more about how the pet was prepared than about true illness. Having confidence in the results avoids unnecessary worry, and eliminates the need for repeat testing to verify the results.
For some special tests, specific preparations may be essential to the accuracy of the test. These may involve specific fasting periods, withdrawal of medication or administration of medication. If special tests are planned, your veterinarian will provide the necessary details before your appointment.
Any routine visit to the veterinarian may include collecting a blood sample; if your pet is not feeling well, it is even more likely that the veterinarian will recommend testing. You may be able to save valuable time and money by having your pet properly prepared before your visit.